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security can secure. five people killed at the baggage claim area in ft. lau r lauderdale airport. we're waiting for a news conference and will bring it to you as soon as it happens. what do we know about how this happened? >> the suspect flew from anchorage to ft. lauderdale today. there were initial reports that there could have been an altercation on the plane. so far, law enforcement has not been able to corroborate that that actually happened. and then we know that after the passengers deplaned, the suspect apparently got his checked bag from bag and claim, and according to witnesses came back out of the restroom and started fearing in the baggage claim area, killing five people. he then surrendered to authorities, we're told and was not injured. and apparently, he filled out
all the proper paperwork to be able to put his gun in that checked bag and, anderson. >> and the shooter himself, what do we know about his past? >> he was apparently in the alaska national guard and received a discharge in august 2016. there had been some issues, and we're told by officials he had stopped showing up. he went to the office and reported that his mind was being controlled by a u.s. intelligence agency and voices in his head were pushing him to join isis but he didn't wish to do any harm. this is what he said during that law enforcement interview. his statements were incoherent and disjointed. the fbi looked into his pack groun -- background. the fbi determined it was something that should be handled by local authorities. local police took him to a local hospital where he voluntarily checked himself in and underwent
a mental health evaluation. and the next it thing we know i went to flosrida and opened fir in that bag and claim. >> do we know when that evaluation was? >> november. he was with local authorities from the fbi taking him there. >> just defining this as an act of terrorism or do authorities know at this point? >> at this point, there's nothing in the investigation at this point indicating terrorism. he wasn't on any law enforcement radar for radicalism. he didn't have anything flagged for further review. so mental health appears to be the main nefocus so far. >> joining me now, boris
sanchez. people had just started to be able to leave the airport. is that process still going on? >> reporter: yeah, it's going to be a long process. i'm going to get out of the way so you can see how many more passengers are lined up waiting for buses to pick them up and get them out of ft. lauderdale-hollywood airport. this has been going on for more than an hour now and is expected to continue. because at 1:20, 1:30 today, the entire airport was put on lockdown. you could not get in or out of here. and only in the last hour or so we've seen it opened to all traffic. everyone's been able to come in and pick up their loved ones. one important note, we heard over the loudspeaker, there will be no more outbound flights out of ft. lauderdale international airport tonight. with the mess we saw earlier, it's a lot of headaches for travelers, people who have been stranded for several hours,
unable to go anywhere. a short while ago we spoke to someone who had apparently been on a flight that was about to leave shortly after the shooting, they were unable to leave. they ended up waiting in the plane, on the tarmac for hours and hours. up until they were allowed to get off just a few moments ago, so they spent almost seven to eight hours, sitting inside a plane, unable to leave. as you mentioned before, we've learned more about the gunman. it was confirmed that in the past he had bought two glock pistols, one of them a glock .9, another a glock .40. it's unclear if either one of those were used today. from what we understand, he was interviewed by federal and local investigators. no clear motive yet. we do know, however, that this is going to take a long time to process this scene. as you can imagine, there are a lot of people that investigators will want to talk to. as far as ft. lauderdale
international airport goes, though, things are slowly starting to get back to normal, anderson. >> thank you for your great coverage. and you see opt side of your screen there, we are awaiting this press conference. pieces of information have been coming in, off the record, on the record all day long. we'll bring you the latest from authorities live as soon as that press conference begins. earlier tonight i spoke with an eyewitness, someone who was there for then tire shooting and is still trying to process what he saw. mark lee gave me details about what happened. we want to play that interview for you right now. >> can you just walk us through what you saw, what you heard? >> caller: yeah, my wife and i were at the baggage claim terminal, we heard like a three-round burst, at first we thought it was firecrackers, after a quick pause the shooting started again, we realized along with everyone else in the terminal it was not firecrackers
but someone shooting. >> how far away were you? >> caller: at that point in time i was probably about 100 yards. >> wow. >> caller: so basically people started screaming, yelling, running frantically to the exits, trying to get out. people by the baggage carousel area were a little more, obviously, they were hiding under the chairs, close to the bag and claim area to try to block themselves to get as much protection as they can. he continued to walk up and down the aisle, he just doing a point and shoot, and ran democrrandom people. he was quiet as a mouth. did monot say anything. >> you could see the shooter. >> caller: i watched him. i watched every bit of it. he walked up and down there. basically, i fogot my wife out,
and i ran back in and was helping a few other people trying to get out there, you know, continued to watch where he's shooting and where's he going, trying to stay out of the line of fire, to try to see people safe. once he finished shooting, you know, you hear him reloading a couple times. it was like a .9 millimeter. >> he was taking extra time to reload. >> caller: he had two extra mags. he didn't have to take time to load, they were already loaded. >> he didn't say anything. >> caller: no, no. >> he seemed calm? >> caller: calm as can be, walking as if nothing was going on. so no emotion, didn't say a word, no yelling, no screaming, no nothing. it didn't matter if you were male, female, white, plaqblack
chi child, >> he was looking directly at the people he was trying to kill. >> caller: oh, yeah. point and shoot. he was not discriminating in any way, shape or perform. one black guy, african american guy, two little boys, he got shot in the wrist. and another lady by the window shot in the shoulder. another lady took a shot to the shoulder, through and through, three feet from her husband, he lays dead. another guy got shot and was bleeding profusely. once the shooter was done, you know, from there, he retreated back out kind of in that same direction where he was. he took a couple more steps, laid face down, spread eagle, waited for the deputy running up
behind me. i came ten feet behind the deputy. once he got up to the shooter, he secured the shooter at that point, the gun was empty, i stepped on it to make sure no one was going to grab it or anything of that nature, even though it was empty. and about ten seconds later there's about another half-dozen deputies from broward county came running in. and ten seconds after that, all hell broke loose as far as law enforcement. >> i imagine there was pandemonium, yelling and screaming? >> caller: yeah, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. he walked up and down, randomly shot people, no rhyme or reason. >> it's hard it to estimate time. >> caller: 45 seconds. >> you think about 45 seconds? >> caller: the whole thing. the one deputy, there were no
deputies downstairs in the bag and claim area. about ten seconds later, when he was down and done, another deputy showed up. another 20 seconds after that, the other half-dozen deputies showed up. >> are you saying the entire shooting incident, from the time the first shots were fired to the time he laid down was about 45 seconds? >> caller: 45 seconds. only two dozen rounds. >> and did he resist at all? >> caller: no, he is what, was, waiting for the deputy to come get him. he was face down, spread eagle on the ground probably ten seconds before the deputy got up to him. >> did he say anything then? >> caller: didn't say anything, nothing. no emotion, nothing. about as straight-faced as you can get. >> i am so glad for your quick thinking to do what you did to help other people and put your foot on the gun and try secure that. i'm sorry for what you've gone through.
mark lea, appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. >> caller: thank you. >> that was mark lea. we're awaiting this press conference from the fbi with all the details, what they know about the gunman. we'll take a look at where the shooting happened at the airport. and president-elect donald trump down playing the briefing today. he got a briefing on the classified portion of the report. (vo) the holidays may be over but if you hurry, you can still get the best deals on the best network. like verizon's best smartphones for only $10 per month. like the samsung galaxy s7. the pixel, phone by google. or the motoz droid. for only $10 per month. plus, hurry in and switch to verizon now and get up to $650 to cover your costs. there's still time to get amazing deals
we are waiting for the news conference from the fbi. we'll bring that to you live. five people are dead, eight wounded tonight after a gunman opened fire shortly before 1:00 this afternoon. law enforcement sources telling us the suspect is a man named esta baun santiago. tom foreman has more on the airport and how it unfolded. >> let's take a look at the layout of the airport. he had a layover in minneapolis and arrived at about a quarter past noon and would have been in terminal two. if we move a little closer, it seems that he came in right here, gate number five. if you follow the normal flow of
people leaving that plane to head toward baggage, that would have taken him along a path 50 to 75 yards long, flowing out here, over to these escalators, down to the baggage section down below. this is the bag and weagage are. there's a restroom over there. there's one over here as well. if this were the case, based on the timeline as we know it, from the time his plane officially would have touched down to the tomb he time he would have arrived here would have been pushing 45 minutes. most of the people were right in this part of the baggage area. >> and the idea of him having a gun in his luggage, when and how is that allowed? a lot of people may be surprised to know that that's even a possibility. >> a lot of gun owners won't be
surprised but others may be. you can never take them in a carryon bag as a regular civilian, but you can put them in your checked luggage. you have to tell the airline that you are carrying a firearm with you. secondly, it must be unloaded. you can have no shells in the chamber, none in the clip that are attached to the fun at that time. it must be in a hard-shell, locked case. and only you can have a key or combination. you can't have a whole bunch of people having that around you. only you, and lastly, if you are taking ammunition with you, that also must be in a locked case, although quite frequently, gun owners will put it in the case with the gun. all of that is to promote security but doesn't foresee a circumstance hilike we've heard today. >> we might have to jump in when, if this press conference begins, pause because we want tg
you all the latest from fbi. the guy checked the fun, done all by, according to the rules, then apparently went into the bathroom, loaded the gun and had two other magazines and came out shooting. >> they're concerned that it could happen, but there's no easy solution to keep did from happen. thousands of people every day who are hunters, firearms instructors get on planes, check their guns just as tom foreman described legally, and when they arrive at the other end they take their gun in the bag and and leave the airport typically, but there's nothing to stop someone who takes that gun up to the ticket counter before checking in and opening feaire there, and we've had that in the past. and there's nothing to stop someone once they've recovered their checked bag, unzip it,
load it up, get ready to go, taking all of about five minutes, and they walk back by baggage claim and they're ready to start shooting and that are's really nothing you can do to stop it. >> the baggage claim area is accessible to anybody walking into the terminal, so it's not as if someone would even need to fly with a weapon. someone could just come in to the weapon, and as tom said, the baggage claim area or the ticket claim area are the most accessible. >> that's what makes this case sort of interesting, and i think there are legitimate questions, because, you know, this is sort of the hardest way to do it, right, you get on a plane, you have to check the guns, you get off the plane, unload it and then start shooting. there is layered security, even in the public spots, tsa's in charge of the security going into the secure area, so a lot
has been done after istanbul and other airport attacks, they're never going to be fully protected, but i think that's why a lot of us are sort of curious, was there some triggering aspect on the plane ride or in baggage claim that led to this attack, because he picked a hard way, not a hard way, but the most difficult way to pull off something that would be relatively easy if he just walked in to baggage claim. >> we don't know why he would have been heading to ft. lauderdale, whether this was something he had thought out or whether it was something that occurred on the flight. the motive here, is that as significant, you think, at this stage of the investigation for law enforcement? >> i don't, there's a disconnect between what's discussed in the public forum and closed doors, including the police and fbi. at this stage, the questions i would be having would be to
confirm that nobody else was involved in the event, but there's that secondary question, not only involved, did anybody know, family, friends, did he talk to people in the military unit he left? what were the indicators when he went in for mental health treatment, so before we get to motivation, there are more immediate questions about whether someone was involved in a criminal enterprise as part of a conspiracy would be too strong a word, then you get into tomorrow, sunday, monday, can we dig deeper into motivation. >> in terms of airport security in preventing something like it this, we have seen incidents like this in soft target areas in an airport. we've seen people shot at ticket counters in the check-in area, even in tsa lean, ev a-line. >> in 1972, there was one where
people came in and shot people in israel. but this is the last time's happened in that realm, in baggage area. what's interesting to think about, it may not be preventible in this areas however, the mitigation, once it begins, that is something to folk on. i'm afraid about how long it took. and how many people moved and how many people were put at risk. so i'm going to be interested in how many shots were taken, and how the assailant was brought down and taken care of and how quickly. that's something we can learn about with airport security. is there a way to improve that vulnerable area in the airport. >> and what we know so far from witnesses, basically, when he finished shooting he was able to reload, at least two magazines, then when he was done he laid down and waited for law
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couple minutes. i hate to sound like a broken record, but we will bring that to you live as soon as it happens. we want to get the freshest information. the aunt of the alleged gunman is home, her home is in union city, new jersey, across the head s hudson river from where we are in new york. what are you hearing together? >> reporter: there are about eight fbi and law enforcement officials at the home earlier this afternoon. you may be able to see some of the blue lights there, she was interviewed by those agents. that's part of the investigation. she told reporters afterwards that her nephew did have a baby. he was acting strangely after he returned from a tour in iraq and is the youngest of five brothers and sisters who live both in puerto rico and in florida. we are learning a little more about his military record as well. he joined the national guard in 2007 when he was 17 years old. that was the national guard in puerto rico. he was deployed to iraq in 2010,
a private first class, a combat engineer and did win several awards, including an army good conduct medal as well as an army commendation medal and combatted action badge. when he was captured this afternoon he did have his army identification with him. in august 2016 he was discharged from the army. a couple months later is when he walked into the fbi and they in turn, turned him over to the medical facility. but the family very, very surprised. the aunt tilling reporters, i'm so sad god be merciful. >> he did have bros. andand
sisters in florida. >> reporter: he ended up in ft. lauderdale airport. i spoke to a couple of folks in law enforcement, because he checked that gun inside his luggage, and a lot of people told me that while it will be a big point of discussion as to whether that should be allowed, there are a lot of people in military, in law enforcement who always check their firearms inside their luggage, and it was just as easy for someone to walk in from the outside. so that probably will not change in their opinion, but it will be something that will be discussed and evaluated as well. >> a lot of people going on hunting trips. it would be difficult for them not to be able to check their guns. appreciate that. just before we went on air tonight i spoke with an eyewitness of the shooting, someone who's frankly lucky to be alive. when you hear his story you will understand why. he was telling us about a backpack he was wearing that had
his computer in it. the laptop deflefkted the bullet. his name is steve frapier. listen to this. when did you realize something was going on, and what did you hear? what did you she in. >> caller: when i was at the baggage claim area, there was the sound of popping like firecrackers, which, in the noises you know, of an airport terminal, there could be a sound like that. but a man yelled out very near us saying that guy's got a gun, everybody down. and we knew something was going to happen. >> so i suppose at that point, you dropped down? >> caller: yeah, correct, and so just all of us that were waiting for our baggage, we hit the floor. >> how far away was the man who yelled that, and did you see the shooter at all? >> caller: i saw the shooter. i didn't see the man that was yelling, i was further away from the conveyor belt, and the end of it.
most of the people and the victims, too, were by the beginning of the conveyor belt, where i moments before decided to move away from the crowds toed end to the end of the conveyor belt. i didn't see the shooter until a couple moments after, but he was within six, eight feet of me. >> so what happened, you dropped to the ground, then what? >> caller: i dropped to the ground. i heard more of the popping sounds, and then while i'm on the floor, i'm seeing people in front of me get hit. >> you actually saw that. >> caller: i saw that. it was a man, probably ten feet away from me that was shot in the head. and his wife collapsed on top of him. and -- >> was he shot, when he was standing up? or was he on the floor as well? >> caller: we were all on the floor. in so the shooter just went over and shot somebody laying on the floor.
>> caller: it was from a certain distance. the shooter wasn't necessarily walking around the whole bag and claim area, he was still several feet away from many of us, but he, but he kind of shot into the crowd and to the floor and hit that man. >> was he saying anything at all before or during the shooting? >> caller: he said absolutely nothing. he said absolutely nothing. and so hethere was a point wher the baggage claim was completely silent and all we could hear was the popping of the gun. >> people not screaming, you remember silence. >> caller: the people screaming were the people that might have been hurt or were people that were next to someone, you know, or a loved one that was hit. >> i understand you had a backpack with you. >> caller: i did. >> and that may have saved you. >> caller: the backpack saved my life.
i was wearing a backpack on both shoulders. then when we went to the floor i just, you know, i dropped, and the backpack was still on my back. and i was turned in such a way where at one point, when the shooter shot towards mytr direction, there were several other people around me, there was a bullet that ricocheted, and i did not know this until after the, and it was only when i went to the bathroom to check myself out, that the bullet hit my laptop, and then when i gave my bag over to the fbi for investigation, they saw the bullet in the pocket of my backpack. >> that's incredible.
so your laptop saved your life. your laptop stopped the bullet. >> the bullet and the fabric of the backpack. it was on the ground, like a tortoise, you know, with the backpack on me, the way it ricocheted into my back, that would have been my back. >> we're showing a picture of the laptop. it looked like it was hit in the corner or the side. >> caller: yep, and the strange thing, too, is that in the rush to get off the plane, i just kind of shoved my laptop into my backpack, and it was open very slightly. so later when they were searching the backpack, they were looking for the entry point, and it turns out it hit just so through the open backpack, exited, ran through the laptop and the casing, and then through an interior pocket of the backpack. >> that's incredible. and they actually recovered the
bullet. >> caller: they recovered the bullet from the side pocket of my backpack. >> gosh, you were lucky. >> caller: yeah. >> so you were shot at, almost hit. then what happened? >> caller: and then the same man, this man is the guy that i can say so many of us, whichever by stander was near the conveyor belt called out saying stay there, he's still here. he's coming back. and so there was some guy, off in the near distance that i couldn't see, you know, that was coaching us as to what we needed to tdo, the several dozen of us that were on the floor, and there was a point where law enforcement came and kind of
anticipated the steand scene. but i was walking around in the airport for several minutes without knowing that bullet was there in. >> he had several magazines. >> it was a handgun. and i was thinking, how are their several bu there several bullets in this gun. but i think this was over and done with in 80, 90 seconds. it was not any extended period of time. so. >> well, steve, i'm so sorry for what you've gone through and what you've witnessed today and for all those who were injured and lost their lives and their families, appreciate you taking the time to talk to us. you know, just i don't know, take care of yourself the next
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eight others at the ft. lauderdale airport today, we'll bring you that press conference as soon as it begins. other breaking news tonight, american intelligence officials have concluded that vladimir putin meddled in the presidential election to hurt hillary clinton. and president-elect trump was briefed on the report, afterward he down-played the findings. jim acosta joins me with the latest. so was the trump team surprised by what they were told in the briefing? how did they react? >> reporter: i'm told by a senior transition official that they did receive new information at this briefing by the officials who were at trump tower earlier today. the intelligence community is being very clear about this. they say russia was behind this attack on the dnc and other officials during the 2016 election.
what you are hearing from the trump transition team and the senior transition official is that yes, they do acknowledge that russia is one of the actors involved in cyber hacking on the united states on the american political system. they're not going as far as to accept, you know, hook, line and sinker everything that the intelligence community is saying about vladimir putin being behind this hacking attempt to throw the election to donald trump. what i did hear from a senior transition official is that they do believe based on the presentation they heard earlier today that this hacking was aimed at tis crediting hillary clinton. they're not denying that, but they don't want to make that leap to say that all of this was going on to throw the election to trump. inside the transition, there is a very deep frustration, and it's going to be carrying on for some time that all of this is being used to discredit and delegitimize his upcoming presidency. but they are starting to inch
towards the intelligence community's findings at this point. they're just not buying them all together. >> when you say they are starting to inch toward that, people on the trump transition team are, but the president-elect, donald trump, do we know if he actually believes that as well? >> reporter: well, you know, i think that is an unrae solved question, honestly, when you look at that statement earlier today, there is some resistance in that statement to accepting what the intelligence community is saying, that vladimir putin was directing a hacking operation to throw the election to donald trump. they're just not going to go that far. and when i was talking to the senior transition official earlier this evening, this person was saying, listen, there was no attempt made, that the intelligence community found, to change the election machines, the tallies, the vote totals and so forth, and so, you know, they feel like that is the type of hacking that, yes, would have thrown the election one way or
the other, but absent that kind of evidence, they just don't want to true thdraw that kind o conclusion. they are pushing back, also, on this whole matter of the fbi going to the dnc, they're ra ar raising questions about that. and according to this transition official that i talked to, this came up during the meeting today. they asked the intelligence community officials, listen, had the fbi been able to get access to those servers, is it possible all of this could have been prevented a lot sooner, perhaps during the course of the campaign, and these intelligence leaders were saying, yes, that would have helped along with a lot of other things, so there are questions inside this transition, i think, that raises the stakes for this upcoming press conference, the 11th, next wednesday, trump is going to be asked that. >> we're waiting for the press conference on the shooting in florida. i spoke to leon panetta about
this. >> first of all, i wanted to get your reaction to the findings of their intelligence report, that the hacking was directed by vladimir putin, they believe it was in order to influence the campaign, that russia developed a clear preference for president-elect trump. how troubling is this? >> it's very troubling when a country like russia, an adversary in the world to the united states, you know, we're engaged with russia in what i would call probably a new chapter of the cold war, and this indicates how bad the situation has gotten. that they would conduct this kind of very aggressive effort to interfere and undermine our election process in this cun thi -- country. there's no room for questioning that they deliberately conducted
this effort. >> do you believe the president-elect is taking it seriously enough? he made a statement after the briefing, rather than focussing solely on the fact that they have wagedcyber battle. he's clearly concerned about his perception that this is an attempt to delegitimize his victory. >> anderson, after watching some of the tweeting that's gone on these last few weeks, that statement was a step in the better direction. he talked about having a constructive meeting. he did indicate his respect for the men and women in the intelligence community and said he was going to appoint a team to develop our cyber capabilities in the future. i wish he had made clear that whether you're a republican or a democrat, we cannot stand for a country like russia to conduct these kinds of operations to
interfere in our election system. this president has to acknowledge the role that they've played. and he's got to make very clear to them that that kind of behavior will not be tolerated. >> i earlier today, before president-elect trump's briefing, he called the focus on russian hacking a political witch hunt. you've led the cia. you know the men and women in langley, who are also serving overseas in a lot of locations. when you hear them being accused of playing politics, when you see donald trump tweeting about saying the intelligence community with the word intelligence in quotes, what, what do you feel in your gut? >> well, i'm very saddened by that kind of approach, and i really hope that the president understands that if he's going to fulfill his first duty to the country, which is to defend this country, he's going to have to rely on the intelligence community. you cannot, as president make
decisions in dealing with a complex world we're dealing with, not only russia, but china and isis, and cyberattacks, and north korea. we're dealing with a very dangerous world. you've got to support the men and women in the intelligence community who are doing this work. these people put their lives on the line in order to gather the intelligence that is essential to give to the president. and when, when you criticize the intelligence community, it not only undermines their morale, it makes it very difficult to be able to get the sources we need in order to gather the vital intelligence that a president needs for the future. so i think it would be a lot smarter if the president, as he it today, indicates his respect for the intelligence community, builds his team to develop a good intelligence source for the work that he does and that
instead of playing this out in the public or in tweeting, deals with this within the confines of the oval office. that's the way you develop ultimately a trusting relationship. >> you know, it's interesting, because >> trump trupets himself as a strong leader, have a tough handover seas with your adversaries. how don't when they read donald trump tweeting with the ratings of arnold schwarzenegger on the apprentice or tweeting in emotional ways, i haven't heard any president or president-elect reacting on emotions as much as donald trump. do you think it's sign of strength? >> i've been in public life and served about nine presidents. none of them ever engaged in
this kind of behavior. and i think when somebody like donald trump tweets as he does, and reflects his instant emotions and puts it out to the world, that in many ways the world looks at that and they're asking themselves, what the hell is this all about? what is he doing? i think he's got to understand that when you're president of the united states, words count. and what he's been doing the last few weeks, i think in many ways, weakens this country rather than strengthens it. sends a message to adversaries they can engage in this kooiber attack on the united states and not pay a price. >> thank you so much. >> good to be with you. coming up.
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and welcome back. we're told just minutes away, we've been assured from the press conference from the fbi with the latest on the investigation into the shooting today at ft. lauderdale-hollywood airport, we're joined now by our security panel juliet chiem in terms of what can be learned from the shooting, anything more can be gleaned in terms of protecting airports in the future? >> there's always something to be learned, even in cases like this where it appears the response was relatively well orchestrated. takes time to clear airport out. there's a part of the emergency management that focuses on
lessons learned. here's what i would take away at this stage. clearly the timing. how much time did he have access to people and targets within the terminal. second, clues leaving the airport or in baggage claim that might have been looked at by people of authority that could have been de-escalated? and third do a review of the response. who was communicating with whom? did they get people out quick enough? communicating to the public about what to do? you've had people on over the last couple of hours left in bathrooms, didn't know what to do. these are horrible cases but only silver lining in them is at least for the public to learn something to try to minimize the risks that the public might face in the future because unfortunately these cases are almost impossible to stop all of this. >> and tom fuentes, we've seen again, hope to hear more details
about what may have been the motive but at this point, seems to be focused on mental health issues and looks like authorities now are heading towards the us in conference area, let's just listen in as they begin this news conference we've been waiting for. >> it's important to recap the events of the day. then i'll turn the conference over to the airport director mark gail and conclude with fbi george pierrot and three of us will take questions. day began around 12:55 when american suspect named esteban ant yauggo landed in ft. lauderdale on delta flight from minnesota. he retrieved a firearm and began indiscriminately shooting.
cowardly heinous act resulted in the deaths of five people. eight more people injured by waive gun shot transported to local hospitals. at least 30 to 40 more people went to the hospitals for various injuries, falling, contusions, broken bones, strains, spranz and things of that nature. the subjects with immediately taken into custody by broward sheriff's deputies without incident, interviewed extensively by team of fbi agents and broward sheriff's deputies. suspect is now in federal custody and pierrot will be speaking about that in a few moment. the suspect is an american citizen and the investigation continues.
we bussed maybe thousands of people from off airplanes, from baggage, waiting in lines to the port. they're at terminal four at the port. red cross and many other agencies are coming together to assist these people. as tragic as this incident is, and continues to be, i've never been so proud of local, state and federal law enforcement. the fbi, the florida department of law enforcement, the broward sheriff's office and many local public safety agencies came together and worked with complete cohesion. the entire law enforcement and public safety community worked tirelessly today and continues to work tirelessly as we continue to work this investigation. at this time mark gail.
>> i'm airport director. again on behalf of broward county administration, our mayor, county commissioners, express our condolences and sympathies, keep thoughts and prayers with those who lost their lives here today, family and friends, truly horrific incident. number of individuals not only stuck on airplanes that had landed and some on the gates not permitted to leave after the incident occurred. number that evacuated out of the terminal onto the apron areas. working most of the day to make sure everybody was safe and secure. once we received that word from law enforcement partners been in the process of either transporting those individuals to port everglades at terminal four -- we've had dozens of